I'd just finished work and was walking down Waterloo Road, past a pub called The Old Bridge Inn I think, I saw there was blue and white scattered around the area. I heard some noise coming from inside the pub but couldn't quite hear it i just it was some drunks being loud. I of course was proved wrong when i heard the graceful chants of "the city is ours..." You don't know how happy that can make a bloke hearing it in his home town!
Team and Ratings (my opinion only)
43. Bywater (7) Didn't have much to do what was there when needed.
13. Beevers (7) Made some incisive tackles and won headers.
5. R Jones (8) Won every high ball that came to him tackled well.
4. Batth (6) Solid but wasn't as good as usual
2. Buxton (7) Great runs, at one point though he'd played on the wing
7. Prutton (6) held the ball well won some header, nothing special
8. Lines (6) Same as Prutton delivered the ball in the box at times
12. Palmer (5) Didn't play too good made a decent run which was cut out
15. Sedgewick (6) Tackle led to penalty although played well on the right
19. Morrison (8) Great finish from the rebound
30. Lowe (7) Some Great Shots forcing Gilks into saves, shot led to the goal
J-J (7) Outstanding didn't do many solo runs much passing was accurate and came back to defend stuck his foot in for the challenges
Jon Ostemobor (6) 5th defender brought on for lowe, great contribution in the second half
Chris O'Grady (6) Held the ball when received wasn't much of a threat
The game started with the uproar of singing brought by the marvellous away support. But despite the 2200 Wednesdayite's chanting, the football wasn't the best in the first 10. Chances flew in by the Seasiders, but there were two towers in Blackpool on this day, Rob Jones dealt with a barrage of crosses. Our defence was consistently clearing the ball away from danger.
After the first ten minutes the Blackpool attacking was calmed down by our midfield. We started to control the ball, and my god didn't Buxton and Sedgwick play well on the right hand side? Sedge and Buxton both in turn hooked great crosses into the Blackpool box, one leading to a swivelled turn by Lowe forcing a fantastic reflex save by Gilks. Ryan Lowe later, just minutes before half time latched on to a poor pass back made by Liverpool loanee Danny Wilson (erm not that manger bloke at S2) Lowe tried a cheeky chip over Gilks but the Scottish stopper pulled of his second fantastic save of the day.
Note to add: Worst coffee ever, do not buy coffee at Bloomfield Road.
After drinking my horrid coffee, walking out of the tunnel I saw Stephen Bywater approach the goal, just by the North Stand and I hesitated and was about to shout "Bywater gis' a wave" then it dawned on me where I was.
Anyway less of that, 'nd back t'game. The Palmer off Johnson on, was the best possible decision. I felt Liam played poor today; he made a few decent runs his midfield play wasn't there. 7 minutes after the break David Prutton got his foot around the ball before slotting the ball through to Ryan Lowe, the cheeky chap tried pulling it around Gilks before the shot was saved.
Before the Wednesdayite's could sit down, Morrison struck a first time curling ball around the 'keeper which floated harmlessly into the goal! I'm glad Clinton scored if I’m honest. Not for the fact he hasn't scored for a while, but because some cocky Blackpool fan sat behind me was slating him all game. “That’s Clinton Morrison that, cocky he is, never scores." showed him!
The next turning point was possibly when that lad Dicko from Wigan? Correct me if I’m wrong. He was caught offside and the referee clearly blew his whistle, but Dicko went on to fire a thunderous shot over Bywater and breaking the netting. From the 52nd to the 89th minute we held the ball and dealt with any minor problems the Seasiders threw our way. Because of the earlier incident when Dicko Broke the net, there was around 5 minutes added on instead of 2 minutes, which would of been fair in my opinion.
Chris Sedgwick "Brought" down Gary Taylor Fletcher in the 3rd minute of extra time. Only for Kevin Phillips, who was bound to score against us! To send the ball into the roof of the net. Salvaging Blackpool's chances for the 5th round.
Sheffield Wednesday will host Blackpool Football Club on the 7th of February at the fortress."
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